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    Dr. Edward Lazzara

    Dr. Lazzara was appointed Principal of Sparta High School in June 2021. He started his career teaching students with special needs and coaching football, basketball, and baseball.  He has also worked as a Vice Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, and Athletic Director.  Most recently, he served as Principal of Belvidere High School. Dr. Lazzara holds his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Business. Dr. Lazzara resides in Sparta with his wife Maura and their family.  Dr. Lazzara is proud to serve the community in this capacity and honored to be a part of this outstanding school district. 

    Mrs. Jamie Barker

    Mrs. Barker was appointed Vice Principal of Sparta High School in July 2019.  Prior to becoming SHS Vice Principal, Mrs. Barker served as Supervisor of Humanities in the Butler school district after teaching English at SHS for 12 years.  She also served as Varsity Girls Soccer coach, assistant track coach, and literary magazine advisor throughout her tenure as a SHS teacher. Mrs. Barker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.  As a Spartan alumni, Mrs. Barker is honored to serve her hometown, students, and colleagues in new capacities.   

    Mr. Shannon Benson

    Mr. Benson was appointed Vice Principal at Sparta High School in April 2021.  Prior to becoming a Vice Principal at SHS, Mr. Benson served as Assistant Principal at Butler High School for approximately 2 years.  Mr. Benson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Kean University.  Mr. Benson served in the United States Army for 6 years prior to beginning his career in Education in Newark as a Teacher, Dean of Discipline, and Dean of Discipline Supervisor.  Mr. Benson enjoys working out and spending time with his family that includes his wife, Kimberly, who is a Sparta Spartan Alumni, their two children, Julian, and Amina, as well as their dogs, Creed who is a 115LB Cane Corso, and Rosie who is a 15lb Toy Poodle. Mr. Benson is honored and proud to call himself a Sparta Spartan and looks forward to supporting students and staff as we continue to focus on the overall goals of student well-being, achievement, and success.

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